Aireborough Historical Society

1851 Local News Yeadon

Local News
Date November 1851
Location Yeadon
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Trade - A complete stagnation of trade  exists in the neighbourhood, nine tenths of the weavers being without employment, while the mills are entirely stopped or working but a few hours daily.


      House Breaking - Early on Thursday morning the premises of Mr William Yeadon were broken into and robbed of nine pounds in gold and silver, two new blankets, three damask tablecloths and several new linen shirts.

A few trifling things and two tablecloths were found in Mr W North's garden but no other traces of the robbers have as yet been found.


      Yeadon Mutual Improvement Society - A lecture was delivered on Thursday last in the above institution by Montagu Herbert Graham Esq. of Horsforth on Life Assurance with particular reference to the Professional Life Assurance Company.

The lecturer dwelt considerably on the great and peculiar advantages offered by this company, which seemed to excite considerable attention and interest in the numerous and respectable audience present on the occasion.


        Clothing Club - On Saturday last the annual distribution of winter clothing was made in the National School Rooms.

The Misses Metcalfe superintended the distribution of tickets in the upper room, the lower being well stocked with articles suitable for the present season, supplied by Messrs Gill, Sowden and Shires, drapers of Yeadon.

We understand that upwards of £120 worth of goods was distributed.

     Mrs Stansfield of Esholt Hall, Mrs Fison, Mrs Forster, Miss Womersley and the Misses Barwick were present during the day to watch the proceedings.


     Mischief and Cruelty- On Tuesday night a cab containing two gentlemen arrived at this place from Leeds and after depositing them at their residence the driver went to the Commercial Inn (demolished and Tarn PH built on site), leaving his vehicle outside while he went in for the purpose of taking a glass before his return to Leeds.

During his absence some mischievous wretches  mounted the box and drove through the streets at a terrific pace finishing their journey on the moor, where they completely smashed the cab to pieces and cut the harness in shreds, leaving the poor horse exposed to the frost all night.

     In the morning the animal was found nearly dead with cold and quite unable to move through the shameful treatment it had experienced.

Not the slightest clue can be obtained to the perpetrators of this diabolical act.

It is a lamentable fact, but unfortunately true, that the fear of retaliation in this neighbourhood keeps those silent who could, but dare not, expose the truth of many of the delinquencies nightly practised here.


      Fatal Accident - On Wednesday an inquest was held at the Wool Pack Inn on the body of a man named Powell.

The deceased and his sons were employed by Mr Matthews of Eccleshill for the purpose of recovering some iron work and tools which were left in a shaft on the estate of Mr R Barwick Esq. when, some four years ago, an attempt was made to obtain coal.

On Monday last he was employed at the bottom of the shaft loading the bucket with the earth which covered the things he was in search of and in the descent of an empty one, a stone fell from the side, striking him on the head and rendering him insensible.

     The men at the top of the pit not receiving any notice to draw up the usual load became alarmed and on descending discovered the lifeless body of their father with the bucket on him.

The Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death".

The same man, on his first entrance to this pit some years since broke his collarbone and strange to say he was the first man to enter again on Monday when this melancholy affair happened, the work having been stopped since the previous accident.

 Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling.


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